Social Work Major

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling. Is Social Work the right major for you?
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Social Work Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Social Work?

Individuals who enjoy helping and empowering people who are dealing with such issues as personal or family dysfunctionality, will enjoy this major. Through positive acts like therapy and positive intervention, these issues can be remedied and even prevented from occurring if they are caught in time. Individuals in this major are usually outgoing, energetic, and very friendly and people oriented.

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What Courses Do Social Work Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Social Work majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Alcohol and Drug Addictions
  • Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Child Welfare
  • Contemporary Gender Issues
  • Development of the Social Welfare System
  • Human Diversity
  • Introduction to Helping Professions
  • Introduction to Non Verbal Therapies
  • Sexual Issues for the Helping Individual
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work with Families & Groups
  • Social Work with Individuals
  • The Field of Social Work